About Rowdy Poppy
Rowdy Poppy was launched in 2018 and is the soul-child of grower and designer Kim Zimmerman. It is both a floral design house as well as an urban microfarm. Kim grew up in the Southeast and her gardening life started with her grandmother Gaga’s vegetable plot and prized African violets. Throughout the years, her love and curiosity about plants continued to grow – she would harvest wild lilies by the creek and try (again and again) to grow the wrong plants in the wrong places. She found tremendous joy in taking hikes full of (possibly annoying but definitely necessary) stops to observe the details of the flora around every turn. Plants and cultivation continued with her all through college and early adulthood but after years of successes and many more failures, she decided more formal training was in order. Moving from Atlanta to Colorado meant starting from scratch as far as understanding the climate, growing conditions, and plant selections, so it was the perfect time to dive back into school. Kim enrolled in many Native Plant Master classes as well as completed the Colorado Master Gardener training. In addition, she enrolled in floral design courses, flower farmer training, and began volunteering with the horticulture staff at Denver Botanic Gardens, all while continuing her ongoing self-driven studies.
Kim’s original college education focused on studio art and psychology and she later earned a master’s degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy. Over the years her career path led farther and farther from her roots, however, and left her feeling disconnected from living a purposeful life. With some solid therapy, incredible friends, and encouragement by way of Brené Brown and Jen Sincero, she decided it was time to reconnect with her passions. Thus Rowdy Poppy was born. This is Kim’s way of diving back into design, swirling in her love of plant cultivation, and leading a sustainable and eco-friendly path for the future of floristry.
The mission of Rowdy Poppy is to provide unique, sustainable floral design that reminds us of our connection to the earth around us and Kim takes this very seriously. Do you actually notice the cycles of the plants on your street? Are you in awe of the seed heads that blow in our Colorado wind? Do you spend time contemplating the flowing lines of “weeds” in sidewalk cracks? Kim sees the inherent beauty in these and tries to share it with her clients by bringing in unexpected materials, seasonal elements, and as much local flora as possible.
Kim runs the business with her wife Michelle and the “help” of their many fur babies Panda, Dr. Mo Jellybeans, Harvey Wallbanger, and Tobin.
(aka, forever helper)
Head of logistics and van-packing, sanity-keeper, executive music director, delivery driver, minder of hydration and sustenance, reality checker, photographer extraordinaire.
Eternal cheerleader and optimist, squirrel-conqueror, belly showoff, cropduster extraordinaire.
(aka, Tubs, Tubs of Love, Tubby)
Part time farm supervisor, fence acrobat, shoulder rider, studio sneaker, light as a feather and fluffy as my hair in the South in August.
(aka, Nostrils McGee, Harvin)
Softest toe beans in all the land, sharpest claws in the West, peach tree hugger, beetle hunter, tripod-sitting nose-booper extraordinaire.
Dr. Mo Jellybeans, PhD, Esq
Dr. Mo Jellybeans, PhD, Esq
(aka, Mo, MoMo, or The Doctor)
Lead floral inspector, magically no shape and all shapes at once, nap connoisseur, farm jungle explorer, snuggler extraordinaire.